Vinotha Thomas

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Sera from 243 donors belonging to the four main ethnic groups in West Malaysia (Orang Asli, Malays, Chinese and Indians) were tested, using the indirect fluorescent antibody technique for the prevalence of antibodies to Sarcocystis. Almost 20% reacted positively at dilutions of 1:64 or higher and eight among the Orang Asli and Malays gave the highest titres(More)
Antimicrobial resistance is a concern both for animal and human health. Veterinary programmes monitoring resistance of animal and zoonotic pathogens are therefore essential. Various European countries have implemented national surveillance programmes, particularly for zoonotic and commensal bacteria, and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is(More)
A total of 736 sera collected from cord blood babies, children and adults of both sexes and of different age groups in Malaysia were tested using indirect fluorescent antibody technique for Toxoplasma antibodies. The RH strain of Toxoplasma gondii zoites were used as antigen. One hundred and twenty five sera which were reactive at 1:64 or high titres were(More)
Two cases of acquired toxoplasmosis in asymptomatic Malaysian patients are described. In both instances the diagnosis was first made on the finding of the Piringer-Kuchinka reaction in excised lymph nodes from these patients and serological studies further confirmed the presence of hihg toxoplasmic antibody titres. The characteristic histological features(More)
An active worm was seen in the right eye of a 62-year-old man in Malaysia. The worm was behind the lens and attached at one end to some vitreous fibers. It was tentatively identified as an immature Dirofilaria immitis. There appear to be only five previous authentic reports of filariae in the vitreous.
The application of immunodiagnostic techniques in the diagnosis of parasitic infections has been discussed in relation to the conditions operating in developing countries where multiple parasitism is common and diagnostic facilities are often limited. The uses and limitations of the tests for individual diagnosis and epidemiological studies have been(More)
A seroepidemiological study was carried out on Orang Asli (Aborigines) children who lead a semi-nomadic life in the deep jungles of Ulu Kelantan, Malaysia. Out of a total of about 190 children below 14 years, 143 were studied. Blood was collected from finger pricks on standard "strip type" filter papers for indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA) tests with(More)